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Old 01-18-2012   #1
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What are the best ELBOW PADS?

I'm looking to replace my vintage Tao Berman Stohlquist Elbow Pads and I'm wondering, for all you class 5 creekers out there, what is the best elbow pads for whitewater kayaking?

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Old 01-18-2012   #2
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Our crew has at least 3 diffrent types.
I personally have a pair of RaceFace mtn bike pads... they are all day comfortable and offer great protection. I will admit though that i will be shoegoo'ing one of the pads this off season as the stiching on that pad is pulling out after one season. (granted a pretty long season with around 60+ days... but still)

Also worn in our group are the NRS elbow pads and some old Lacrosse pads. while i can't speak for how these pads fit personally, i can say that we had no elbow injuries in a season of hard boating.

the Lacrosse pads dude swears by his.

Sooooo.... i would say the ones that are the most comfortable (if you can try them on) remember that you will have at least a dry top and most likely some layers at times.

I also would not be opposed on my next pair of just going with the least expensive. try a 2nd hand sports store for the Lacrosse pads.

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Old 01-18-2012   #3
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I have no clue what the best are, but I have been really happy with my NRS pads. Good coverage over the elbow, the 3 straps hold them in place all day, and they swivel easily to not impede elbow movement. Still in great shape after two seasons.
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Old 01-18-2012   #4
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I use the Level 6 pads

They stay in place and have great protection without getting in the way.

The only drawback is they hold a lot of water, and I've noticed that my arms get a bit colder because of it.

I've seen a couple of guys with the NRS pads, and they couldn't keep them in place to save their... well elbows.

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Old 01-18-2012   #5
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I have had the NRS pads since 2008 and they have taken a lot of abuse and are still holding strong, and they are fairly cheap. The only downfall I see to them is they aren't padded as much as some of the other ones on the market. That being said, I am looking to replace mine this next season with either the Shred Ready Tsunami pads or the SixSixOne Comps (both around $30).

Best of luck and keep your elbows in tight
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Old 01-18-2012   #6
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I like Shred Ready's elbow pads (about $30 new). For me they stay where they're supposed to. Comfy enough.
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Old 01-18-2012   #7
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The best elbow pads are my 14 year old Lotus design pads. Still going strong after 500+? runs. Unfortunately Patagonia bought Lotus and then stopped their whitewater line...
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Old 01-19-2012   #8
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I had a pair of Shred Ready Tsunami's that were pretty good. I now use a no name pair of biking ones that are great. The biggest thing for me is good forearm coverage since I tend to 'use' rocks a lot.

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Old 01-19-2012   #9
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I gave up on my Shred Ready pads when they kept coming loose while being worked in holes. I'd come up with only half the pad still attached. I recognize that I shouldn't have been in the holes in the first place, but that is another story...

The velcro on the top half is that part that comes undone:

I have been very happy with my six six ones (661). They feature a full arm wrap the whole length of the pad, making them basically impossible have removed for you.

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Old 01-19-2012   #10
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I've been pretty happy with these; they're inexpensive ($1, well-made, and offer a decent amount of coverage without being restrictive.

My friends using RaceFace and SixSixOne elbow pads have been pleased with theirs too.

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